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Thomas Smith

Tom Smith RVN, Cert VN ECC, VTS ECC.

Biography

Core Intensive Care Nurse, Small Animal Referral Hospital Langford Vets/University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

In 2004 I graduated as a Veterinary Nurse with distinction. In 2014 I achieved my Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care (Cert VN ECC) with a distinction award. In 2017 I became an Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) board certified Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS ECC).

I have worked for many years in many varieties of general practice, in 2011 I started work as a rotational nurse at Small Animal Referral Hospital Langford Vets. This is where I found my passion for veterinary emergency and critical care and took up a post as a core intensive care nurse. I enjoy every aspect of ECC from triage, trauma, transfusion medicine to managing a ventilator case, I love it all! I feel so lucky to have a role that allows me to push my personal self and my clinical skills to above and beyond what I ever imagined. 

My role also allows me to informally and formally teach undergraduate veterinary and veterinary nursing degree students. This is something I enjoy and I feel helps to push our profession forward. Educating our students in what it is to be a veterinary nurse and how skilled we are as a profession means a great deal to me.

I also sit on the AVECCT mentor and credentials committees; this I find very rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy assisting candidates through the applications process, I also find the assessing of submitted applications very interesting and actually an education in itself. 

Outside my work life I love to travel and also avid gym fanatic and weight train daily. I also have two very cheeky Miniature Dachshunds called Bella and Cora who keep me very busy.